If you’re looking for inexpensive access to air conditioning and culture, universities often have interesting art galleries that are free and open to the public. Near Boston we’ve got several, including Tufts University Art Gallery and the Rose Art Gallery at Brandeis University. We’ve also seen great shows at the Carpenter Visual Arts Center at Harvard. Please add your own favorite suggestions in the comments section.
Visit this National Science Foundation site to learn about new technologies being used to observe animals in their natural environments. See video clips and stories about tracking white-tailed deer, ocelots, agoutis, dragonflies, zebras, and seals.
I recently filled out some questionnaires about my run for local School Committee (School Board), in which I put forth my hope that afterschool (or before school) classes in yoga, meditation, and nonviolent communication could help address some of the issues of school safety. So I was pleased to find out today that Shanti Generation has released a DVD called Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers. The DVD features teen yoga students and their instructor Abby Wills. 311 bassist Aaron Wills (aka P-Nut) provides positive grooves to enhance the experience of helping youth, ages 10-15, connect with themselves and their aspirations.
The Boston Globe offers some stunning pictures of today’s solar eclipse over Asia.
Teacher’s College Record offers an in-depth review, freely available this week only, of The Paradoxes of High Stakes Testing: How they Affect Students, their Parents, Teachers, Principals, Schools, and Society.
Wow, the first moon landing was 40 years ago today!
Of course I like to recommend related books, but did you know one of them is illustrated by the only artist to have walked on the moon?! Yup, Alan Bean‘s fabulous paintings show you what it was like in Mission Control, This is Apollo.
Or maybe a parent would like to revisit with their 8-12 year-old this memorable time in American history. Try reading or listening to Neil Armstrong is my Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me.
Stephanie Binda Rushton compiled some free homeschooling resources on her blog yesterday. Even if you don’t homeschool, these might help keep your kids’ brains stimulated during the summer, or be a good resource for homework projects.
My sister-in-law recently pointed out a recent article from Education Next that really didn’t seem very “next”-ish. Of course it’s no surprise that American students might be bathed in anti-intellectualism, but one of the measures cited was that less than 50% of students reported talking with a teacher for an hour or more outside of class time. Let’s see, when I was teaching I saw 120 students a day, so if only 30% talked to me that much outside of school, assuming one-on-one conversations, it would have doubled my work time!
Anyway, what I really wanted to talk about is the “next” thing. I feel like social networking might help students return to an even more traditional state of access to more adults–not just teachers but adults in all walks of life. Like they might have had before compulsory schooling began 150 or so years ago. In the meantime, though I liked this blog post about Twitter in the classroom. Hope you find it intriguing, too.